Family of Neil Armstrong to auction off personal artifacts


DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Flight enthusiasts will soon get a chance to acquire items from astronaut Neil Armstrong’s personal collection of artifacts.

The Dayton Daily News reports the family of the first man to walk on the moon will auction off over 2,000 of his personal memorabilia during a series of sales by Dallas-based Heritage Auctions beginning next month.

The Ohio native’s collection includes pieces from the Wright brothers’ flyer which pioneered powered flight in 1903. Armstrong took fragments the flyer with him on his Apollo 11 mission to the moon in 1969.

The Armstrong Family Collection also features a centennial flag from Armstrong’s alma mater, Purdue University.

One of Armstrong’s sons, Mark Armstrong, says some of the collection items are historically significant while others will produce laughs.

Armstrong died in 2012.

Information from: Dayton Daily News, http://www.daytondailynews.com